7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Taxi:  8 h 45 min
1
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Nashville
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): trek along Upper Tremont Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, then sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area, enjoy breathtaking views from Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, then sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, and finally get in on the family fun at 7D Dark Ride Adventure.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg online tour planner.

San Francisco to Gatlinburg is an approximately 9- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect Gatlinburg to be a bit cooler, temps between 53°F and 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Trails

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area

2
nights
Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
On the 30th (Wed), cool off at Dollywood, find something for the whole family at Rocky Top Mountain Coaster, and then see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along The Island in Pigeon Forge, then get your game on at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, and then have some family-friendly fun at Old Time Photo Number 5.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge travel tool.

Pigeon Forge is just a short distance from Gatlinburg. In December, daily temperatures in Pigeon Forge can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks Fun & Games Museums
Highlights from your plan
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
The Island in Pigeon Forge ©
The Island in Pigeon Forge
The Escape Game Pigeon Forge ©
The Escape Game Pigeon Forge

2
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the history at Lotz House Museum, get your game on at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, then catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and finally test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Downtown Presbyterian Church, examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then stop by Downtown Nashville.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Nashville day trip planning site.

Drive from Pigeon Forge to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Traveling from Pigeon Forge to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in December, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Neighborhoods Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville
The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill) ©
The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill)
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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